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Derry footballer James McClean 'booed' during game against Manchester United for refusing to wear Remembrance Day poppy

Published 07/11/2015

West Bromwich Albion's James McClean (centre) walks out for the game without a poppy emblem stitched into his shirt
West Bromwich Albion's James McClean (centre) walks out for the game without a poppy emblem stitched into his shirt
West Bromwich Albion's James McClean (right) next to Claudio Jacob during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

West Brom’s Londonderry footballer James McClean received a chorus boos at Old Trafford for refusing to wear the Remembrance Day poppy.

While all the other players appeared to be wearing the commemorative flowers, the poppy was conspicuously absent from McClean’s jersey, and the home support raucously booed the winger

West Bromwich Albion's James McClean during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
West Bromwich Albion's James McClean during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester

The issue has been a recurring theme in the 26-year-old’s club career in England, as similar situations have occurred during the Londonderry native’s time at Sunderland and Wigan.

McClean was lucky not to be booked in the opening minute for a rash challenge on United defender Daley Blind.

But he did garner plenty of support on Twitter.

 

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